Future Potential for MSW Energy Development

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    This work examines the potential supply of municipal solid waste (MSW) which could be used to support new (not existing or currently planned) energy capacity in the year 2000. The resource we are interested in is MSW which is not recycled or burned; which would be landfilled unless new MSW energy conversion capacity is constructed. A detailed analysis of MSW composition by individual componentswas used for 1990 and 2000. For each component of MSW we estimated heat content, ethanol yield and recycling efficiencies. From these data, we estimated how much MSW could be diverted from landfills to either new biomass-ethanol or new MSW-electricity plants. We also estimated where these new MSW-energy plants could be located. The impact of the planned growth in the MSW-power industry between1992 and 1995 and higher material recycling rates have a significant effect on the supply of MSW in the year 2000. The implications of these changes are discussed in the context of the solid waste management industry.
    Original languageAmerican English
    Pages (from-to)111-124
    Number of pages14
    JournalBiomass and Bioenergy
    Issue number2-3
    StatePublished - 1996

    NREL Publication Number

    • ACNR/JA-463-15593


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